The world’s oldest sporting trophy, dating from 1851, has been won for the third time by New Zealand.

Kiwis are known for their love of rugby but when a New Zealand boat is racing for the America’s Cup, the nation comes to a standstill as millions sit in front of large TV screens to hold their breaths and cross their fingers as the locally built boat, with Kiwi yachtsmen, takes on the other challengers.


New Zealand is an island nation with 15,000 km of coastline. The vast majority of the country’s 4.5 million citizens live only a few kilometers from the sea. Knowing this, it is no surprise that sea based activities have always been popular. Currently, there are 109 yachting clubs around New Zealand with 38 of these in Auckland (No wonder it is called ‘The City of Sails’). I used to live close to one of these clubs and every weekend, I’d gaze past the beach at the fluttering wall of small sails as children negotiated their training yachts against the breeze. In fact, whenever I passed the club, no matter what time of day there were always yachts gliding about as men and women honed their sailing skills or just enjoyed some time on the water. read more